Berlin, Germany— 24th April 2013 started off early as delegates enjoyed breakfast while listening to three speakers share about the investments their companies made in renewable energy. The speakers, Alexander Schlaepfer from Aster Capital, Robert Schrimpff from Greencoat Capital, and Emmanuel Pouliquen from International Finance Corporation each were given 5 minutes to share their expertise about what they look out for when investing in renewable energy, and the market potential of various regions.
From the academic arena, Marko Aunedi of the Imperial College of London explained key findings in the research on the energy storage sector. There were no surprises when research showed energy storage to be of much higher value than previously evaluated, and its value will continue to increase even till 2050. In addition, the operation patterns and duty cycles imposed on energy storage technology were so diverse that a portfolio of different energy storage technologies is probably required in future.
Joern Tinnemeyer of ATL elaborated on the difficulty in expanding into a diverse market such as China’s. In such a huge country with a massive population, the right question that we should be asking is how we can tailor each and every solution to the different climates, geography, and needs.
Representing one of the fastest-growing renewable energy storage companies in China, BYD, Fabrizio Ciaccia gave his view of the energy storage situation in China, where renewable energy generation is rapidly growing in the North, but consumption was low due to the lack of storage. Fabrizio also touched on the technical details of battery projects in San Francisco and Charlotte, North Carolina.
In our unique session Tech Soap Box, Nina Munzke was announced the winner. The technology that she presented on was voted the best solution out of the four. Nina Munzke also won a full speaking slot at the 7th Energy Storage World Forum, London 2014.The panel discussion revolved around comparing hydrogen and battery technologies in different application scenarios. The four panelists put forward their business case for their batteries.
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